Wednesday, March 18, 2009

USA To Finally Sign UN Gay Rights Declaration

I can't wait to see the run down of Obama's first 100 days, and how it compares to other US Presidents. AP reports:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will endorse a U.N. declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality that then-President George W. Bush had refused to sign, The Associated Press has learned.

U.S. officials said Tuesday they had notified the declaration's French sponsors that the administration wants to be added as a supporter. The Bush administration was criticized in December when it was the only western government that refused to sign on.

The move was made after an interagency review of the Bush administration's position on the nonbinding document, which was signed by all 27 European Union members as well as Japan, Australia, Mexico and three dozen other countries, the officials said.

This is exactly the kind of strategy I was hoping Obama was going for. Handing meaningless symbols to the homophobe Christian fundamentalist right (Rick Warren speaking at the Inauguration) while planning to make REAL change for the people. Ever so slowly, this country is evolving out of a medieval state of being. From closing Guantanamo Bay, to affirming the human rights of LGTBTQ fam... Its been getting sunnier up in here. Giving Thanks. May the positive momentum continue.


Berette said...

Yes indeed - full speed ahead in undoing the damaging and useless BUSH Admin policies. I do hope though that post closing GitMO, Obama will quickly figure out what to do with the current prisoners being held indefinitely without trial, and ACTUALLY move forward with proper investigations and charges - as is their right as human beings in the law. The current status of all these prisoners is positively criminal and I'm not happy right now with how he's handling that to be honest. A lot to clear up there... Anyhoo - THIS is MAJOR progress.

Lala said...

It was a good thing but I would take what the "evil" Rick Warren has done in Dafur over what the "noble" liberals sit on their ass and talk about any day. Audre Lorde talked about using the master's tools. And this just in conservatives hate Rick Warren. life is more complicated than slapping labels on things. Read what Melissa Etheridge says about Warren.

Peter Daniel St. Martin Wright said...

"The current status of all these prisoners is positively criminal and I'm not happy right now with how he's handling that to be honest" - Berette

See the following link -

Many detainees locked up at Guantanamo were innocent men swept up by U.S. forces unable to distinguish enemies from noncombatants, a former Bush administration official said Thursday. "There are still innocent people there," Lawrence B. Wilkerson, a Republican who was chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, told The Associated Press. "Some have been there six or seven years."